Pressure Increases on Villas-Boas, While Tottenham Beat Villa 2-0 to Move into 3rd Place

November 22, 2011 - by mosesbet · Filed Under Sports News Comments Off on Pressure Increases on Villas-Boas, While Tottenham Beat Villa 2-0 to Move into 3rd Place 

The pressure on Chelsea manager Andres Villas-Boas increased last weekend as Chelsea suffered their second home defeat of the season to European rivals Liverpool.

Chelsea lost 2-1 to Liverpool thanks to a spectacular 85th minute goal from Glen Johnson, who dribbled the ball from within his own half up to the penalty area and knocked it into the bottom corner of the goal.

While the media and tabloids have spurred rumours that Villas-Boas could be gone by Christmas, as usual the Chelsea FC board have provided their “full support” to the 34-year, former Benfica and Porto manager.

Is Villas-Boas the Right Man for Chelsea?

I think Villas-Boas has been really unlucky this season.  He’s played as courageously as he did at Porto, with a high line and counter-attacking formation.  That’s the type of exciting “attacking” football that Abromovitch has always wanted.  Let’s be honest, Chelsea this season have been far more entertaining and unpredictable then the closed, tactical formation under Mourinho where they were regularly closing the backdoors at 1-0 or 2-0. It’s ironic that many have “dubbed” Villas-Boas as the “Mini-Mourinho” when the two have completely different tactics in order to win games.

Everyone knows that Villas-Boas is a great coach.  You don’t win 4 trophies in a single season at a club like Porto without having something special.  So all this nonsense that he’s inexperienced at this level has to be quashed.  People need to also realise that Mourinho was the chosen man for the Chelsea job in 2004 before he won the Champions League, not after, which means he was just as qualified as Villas-Boas in terms of silverware before he was recruited to Stamford Bridge.

There are other differences between when Mourinho joined the club in August 2004 and when Villas-Boas came in at the start of this season. To begin with, in the 2003/4 season Chelsea had only just finished 2nd and were on the rise.  Claudio Renieri had brought in a number of quality players (with hundreds of millions of pounds in investment from the owner) such as Lampard, Essien, Mikel, Ashley Cole, Duff and Joe Cole during his time.  In many ways, his job was unfinished, but he had paved the way for the future.

That’s when Mourninho took charge.  Mournho brought in additional players such as Drogba, Cech, established John Terry as the captain, and steered Chelsea to their first Premier League title.

In contrast, Villas-Boas has taken charge of an ageing team, that’s lacked the same rate of investment over the last few years, and has seen revived opposition from both the Manchester clubs.

I would say a realistic goal for Chelsea at the start of the season would have been Champions League qualification, because they had no chance of beating Man Utd and Man City to the Premier League title without a number of big signings in the pre-season window.

Chelsea’s once world-class spine, starting at Cech, Terry, Lampard and Drogba, is now past it’s peak.  Cech is still a great keeper but hasn’t achieved the same heights as before, Terry is on the decline and has lost a lot of his pace, Lampard (33) can no longer play box-to-box every game, and Drogba hasn’t looked good since the 2008/9 season – hence why he’ll be a free agent at the end of the season.

It’s not going to be easy for Villas-Boas to replace all of these players.  First of all he needs to find a suitable replacement for all these players (a task which is monumentally harder when he has to now compete with Real Madrid, Manchester City, Man Utd and Barcelona in the transfer markets).

Secondly he’s going to face difficult opposition from the Chelsea faithful and the owner for getting rid of their legendary players (remember how Mancini got rid of Stephen Ireland at Manchester City), and then he needs time – maybe 2 or 3 years – to gell these players together in his squad.  This is extremely unlikely when you just look at how many managers Abromovitch has sacked and replaced in the last 8 years (ranging from Ranieri, Mourinho, Grant, Scholari, Hiddink and Ancelotti).